To say Metal Feathers are the best band in Portland would not be incorrect. And this is — though it may take a bit to determine — their best album. If the sort of thing means anything to you, it's probably the most thoughtful, inhabitable break-up record by a local rock band since Zootz closed. As with their other albums, it makes a fantastic argument for the creative virtues of lo-fi production, often using noise, samples, and even static as poetic illustrations. But to these jaded ears, the reason it could be a mighty record is in what it manages to dredge up about the human condition, particularly in regard to trust, familiarity, and human error. It may be a long way to the bottom, but the water is warmer than ever.

HANDFUL OF FOG | released by Metal Feathers | Feb 22 @ 8 pm | with Leaves Leaves + aLEX kEATON + Wood Burning Cat | $5 | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland | 207.615.3609 |

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